Two poles are necessary for an electric spark to ignite: the positive and the negative. Both make the light come out. Something similar happens in our own life. It is an uninterrupted oscillation between two opposite poles. That is what makes it more authentic and fruitful. Some examples explain this axiom:
– A person longs for retirement during his working life. But when the dreary, monotonous days of retirement arrive, he cannot help but feel a deep nostalgia for the good things in his job.
– Only those who fall ill come to fully appreciate the meaning of health, a health that, for various reasons, they may have neglected or even despised in the past. Sickness, then, reveals the best of health.
– There is nothing better than starvation to appreciate the food received, which is sometimes despised as unpalatable, or thrown away because it seems too bad.
– When loneliness and isolation are chewed for a long time, friendship and the company of other people – even pets – are missed the most! Alone, one cannot alleviate helplessness.
– Losses, especially when they are sudden and irreparable, plunge us into a state of mourning. Mourning shows the rising value of those who are missing, and who may not have been given the importance they deserve.
Many other examples from life lead us to the same conclusion: A monotonous rhythm of life is calm and desirable, only apparently. In the end, it is colourless and boring. So living is about knowing how to handle the alternation of opposing situations. Even pushing them to happen.
Conversion itself is to move from evil to good. This is the mysterious paradox of which Saint Paul speaks: “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10). Therefore, to have fallen into sin is not an irreparable, harmful and negative tragedy. Many times – more often than we think – it becomes the necessary support point to take the leap, an experience that awakens us, an error that warns us and moves us to transformation. The sinner is often closer to God than he usually seems. And, of course, than the “perfect” of this world usually think.
We have to thank God that he has not thrown us into a grey, bland and repetitive existence, but gives us a taste of the sour flavour of pain and then makes us enjoy the sweetness of happy moments. But we have to pay attention: These two poles run uninterruptedly through the stages of our life. Both extremes are necessary and precious. They always go together.
Juan Carlos cmf